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I Have Trichotillomania

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    I've been having troubles with my Trich lately.

    I'm going to be blatantly honest here. I'm 14 years old. I suffer from Trichotillomania and I feel so overwhelmingly alone in this. I have no one to talk to about this. So here's my story. Please don't judge.It started when I was about 10. I was semi-obsessed with my hair. I...
    theoreticals theoreticals 13-15, F 3 Responses May 17

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 35 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    I just found this site n want to share my

    experiences. I started pulling out my eyelashes when I was in 1st grade. I don't know what triggered it- but I'm 57 years old now. It is a lifelong condition. I wish I had done counseling or that there had been support groups or something so I could have realized I wasn't the...
    ohgoodgrief ohgoodgrief 56-60, F 2 days ago

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 18-21 1 Response Oct 12, 2014

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    Hi there, I'm new, and I just stumbled upon

    this group/site/experience and I have to just say Wow! :D (sorry in advance for my life story!) This may sound silly but I never knew that what I've been doing for the past 17 years or so meant that I have Trich. I'm 27 and I've been rubbing and pulling my eyebrows since I was...
    lightandlove18 lightandlove18 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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    I had been doing so much better with

    controlling myself. I had a full set of eyebrows and then tonight while I was trying to study for the 5 tests tomorrow I realized that I had pulled out half of one of them. I feel so sick and disappointed right now I don't know what to do.
    justcaity97 justcaity97 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 11

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    UnusualArtist UnusualArtist 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    Well we should start from the beginning

    but I have made the decision to become open about this even though i don't want to but I feel like I have to. I started back in 6th grade I thought it was just a phase I would stop. That didnt happen it got kind of addicting I got pleasure from it. Soon I had nothing. I had a...
    beeella beeella 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2014

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    gumara gumara 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 17

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 18-21 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    I'm 16 and I have been pulling out my eyebrows

    for the past 6 years. I just started it one day I think what triggered it was the bullying I had in 6th grade. I used to pull out my eyelashes to but I kinda stopped pulling my eyelashes out I just kept pulling my eyebrows. It's ruining my life. I'm scared one day that my...
    RiseOfAnEmpire16 RiseOfAnEmpire16 16-17, F May 7

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    I only have eyelash trichotillomania,

    and I'm not having it for such a long time right now. But I really want to stop because every day I'm having less eyelashes. Does someone have amy tips?
    jeanine281 jeanine281 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 1

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    For the past year and a bit

    now I have recently discovered I have trichotillomania. I've always known what i've been doing and it's something I find incredibly hard to cope with. Sometimes I get really angry and emotional over the smallest things and I get depressed easily. My trichotillomania is to do...
    brooke108 brooke108 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 28

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I have this, im 13 and i literally just have

    every symptom for trich, i first started the whole thing about 6-7 years ago. Im so sick of it and especially as a teenage girl in this generation im surprised people bother with me. I am thankful and grateful for everything my friends have done because i have felt that they...
    babygirl281201 babygirl281201 13-15 2 Responses May 1

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    I pull my eyebrows until they are gone.

    I spoke to people about Trich and they always spoke like it was just me "not having self control" which made it hard to talk about. I pull when I'm over thinking so often i don't even notice I'm doing it til later, or situations where I have to meet new people or walk into...
    Rabbitt94 Rabbitt94 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 18-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F Jul 10, 2014

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    I am 16 years old and I have trichotillomania.

    I was 9 when I first started I had gotten in fight that day and started pulling my hair out. When my parents saw I told them it was from the fight, but eventually they knew that wasn't the case because the spot just grew larger and larger. By 4th grade I had to wear a bandana...
    dafinest dafinest 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 26

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    If you are looking for something to promote

    hair growth, I strongly recommend NutriOx thinning treatment from Sally Beauty Supply. But you cannot pick your hair!!! I know how hard it is, but you will see results within a month, even if they are little baby hairs.
    shellllbbb shellllbbb 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 16-17, F Nov 22, 2014

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    going for a "pull-free" day.

    .. try not to pull today ?
    abrissette27 abrissette27 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 1

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    I've just pulled out all my eyelashes

    and didn't realize that until they all were on the floor. It took me so long to have them big and full and now they are just gone. This should make me sad and frustrated and it does in some ways but not as much as I've experienced before and this is just so confusing. Ps: this...
    Happinessucks Happinessucks 18-21, F 2 Responses May 17

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    I had a really bad day with my hair yesterday

    and pulled out more than I have at one time in weeks... I kept trying to stop -but after about a minute I would see that I'd unconsciously pulled out another hair. My scalp hurt. :( I don't want to have to cut my hair short again to even out the lengths. Is anyone here in...
    meg9417 meg9417 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 23

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 Mar 24, 2014

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    I am not okay. I have suffered with trich

    for over 10 years now. I pull any unwanted hair. Not just the hair on my head. Underarms. Eyebrows. Belly button. Pubic areas. Eyelashes. I pick at my lips untill they bleed. I sratch at my head until it bleeds. I am not okay. I am ashamed.
    Mikashirinkuto Mikashirinkuto 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    Am I the only one who stays up till strange

    hours of the night trying to force myself to stop, crying, feeling restless and then goes and posts an experience like this in the middle of the night to feel less ambushed with sadness?
    TheCustardCreme TheCustardCreme 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    abrissette27 abrissette27 13-15, M 3 Responses Mar 31

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    I was pull free for almost 4 months

    but started again mid March at first it wasn't really bad it was like I found myself pulling one a day until a few weeks ago I had a complete break down and now the top of my head has little to no hair. I'm very frustrated with myself because I was doing so good now I'm back...
    Ampk Ampk 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 21

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    Has anyone tried seeking help

    or treatment from a doctor or something? Is it worth it?
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 20

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    I have pulled out my eyebrow

    and eyelash hairs for a VERY long time. It's very satisfying when I see a few hairs between my fingers. I do have stitches one my one eyebrow. That's why it looks so bare. Does my face look like I pick my hair a lot? I don't pluck or wax. I'm an all natural girl. Do I look...
    Scal92 Scal92 22-25, F Mar 12

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    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    It's been harder than ever lately.

    The other day I pulled out half of my eyebrow after having them full. It was devastating. I have no eyelashes at all and as much as I want to stop, I can't. My friends and family don't get it and I feel completely alone.
    justcaity97 justcaity97 16-17, F 2 Responses May 1

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    I hate myself because of trich.

    I hate my face. And i hate how no one I know will ever understand what I go through because of it.
    justme973 justme973 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress 18-21 2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

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    The hardest part of having Trichotillomania is

    probably the envy or jealously you have for other people who have hair. I know it's a nasty & torturous thing to do but sometimes I can't help the strong longing & envy as I watch my cousins braid their hair, or brush it, maybe even considering dying it. I'm simply surrounded...
    ChantyPrime ChantyPrime 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 8

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